Ahead of the game's launch next week, BioWare's sci-fi RPG Mass Effect: Andromeda has teamed up for an unlikely crossover with Rock Band 4. Today, it was announced that several Mass Effect: Andromeda-themed items will be available for free to players of the music rhythm action game.
As detailed by Harmonix in the tweet below, four different "Andromeda Rock Shop" items are available to celebrate the game's upcoming release. These include a new guitar that is in the shape of the Tempest spaceship, as well as an outfit that makes player's virtual rockers look like the Mass Effect: Andromeda player character, the Pathfinder.
But these Mass Effect: Andromeda goodies won't be the only thing to hit the game in the Rock Band 4 update that drops tomorrow, March 16, as a new player character will also be introduced. Sterling Archer from the animated show Archer will also be added to the game to celebrate the debut of the new season, Archer: Dreamland (April 5) as well as the release of Kenny Loggins' song Danger Zone, which will also be available in the game as DLC at a price point of $1.99.
Although the Andromeda and Archer collaborations are unexpected, this certainly isn't the first time that Harmonix has teamed up with other developers and franchise's to make in-game Rock Band 4 items. Most notably, Rock Band 4 added some Fallout 4 outfits for players to unleash their inner rock god in, and the game has also added characters from Gearbox's colorful MOBA, Battleborn. The content has been heralded as a nice way of letting gamers show off their love of other franchises.
Harmonix may also be hoping that this gives Rock Band 4 a sizeable sales boost. Rock Band 4's sales failure has been highlighted before, as they led to massive losses for peripheral manufacturing partner Mad Catz (also seeing Harmonix switch to a different manufacturing partner).
The game had been tipped to possibly revive the once hugely popular music party game sector, along with Guitar Hero Live, but neither game really restored the genre to its previous peak. But while it hasn't had the phenomenal success that Harmonix may have hoped for, the Andromeda partnership and upcoming release of Rock Band VR for Oculus Rift could at least improve the figures.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is set to launch on March 21, 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Source: Harmonix – Twitter